Friday, May 29, 2009
So, thanks Rhoda, for a great party and for adding my shade to your highlights!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
This is what our bathroom looked like when we bought it. Notice the nasty carpet, broken mirror on the medicine cabinet, mildew on the top of the wall, and that brick. A friend said that going into my bathroom felt like walking into an alley. The brick was broken and not applied in a decent manner. And it was beyond filthy. I spent 7 hours with a toothbrush just trying to get the crud off of it. My hand looked like a claw for days.
The first thing we did was strip off that awful wallpaper and border, Kilz everything and paint it out white. Even the brick got a fresh coat of white paint. It was all of the same paint that we used to paint the rest of the house upon moving in - so I don't really count that as an added cost.
The foul carpet was ripped up and replaced with vinyl peel and stick tiles from Lowes. The tile runs less than a dollar per square foot. I don't remember how much it cost us, but I don't think it was very much because our bathroom is so tiny. You can close the door from the toilet, which is at the opposite end of the room - if that helps you get an idea of what we're talking about here. :0)
My favorite part - and the reason I'm linking to the Frugal Decorating Ideas Party at The Shabby Nest today - is what I used to wallpaper the top of the wall above the bricks. Here's the equation I used to decide what to wallpaper with: music lover + wanting to have something unique + being
This picture was taken before it was sealed with polyurethane. You can see here where a little edge of paper is raised. Once it was sealed, it layed right down.
The final major thing that the bathroom needed was a shower curtain and shade for the window. I posted about making these out of burlap yesterday. I was able to buy enough fabric (6 1/2 yds.) to make both of these items for $15 using my 40% off coupon from JoAnn Fabric.
The last thing I need to do is paint out the rest of the wood surfaces white and it will be complete. Since I still have the paint for that, it won't cost me anything except labor.
All in all, for less than $100 I was able to transform this little bathroom from back alley to beautiful (with the help of MW laying the floors and ripping out detestable carpet). And most of the budget went into flooring. It's now one of my most favorite rooms ever.
Want to see it one last time?
This was before. This is now (almost complete).
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my little bathroom. Check out The Shabby Nest for more frugal decorating ideas.
Have a great weekend!
Drum roll, please.....
I finally got around to making a shade for the window and a shower curtain for our teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy bathroom. It's spent the past 15 months since we've lived here just as naked as a jaybird.
The shade even works. Impressive, huh? Yeah, I'm sure you're just 'oooh-ing and aaah-ing' right now wondering how someone could go through life with such undiscovered talent. This is where you can gag if you must.
For real, though. I really like it. The burlap was a breeze to work with except for the part where I had to try to figure out how to make button holes
Originally, I was going to make my shade and shower curtain out of ivory/black toile. I so love anything toile. It gives me warm fuzzies just thinking about it. But, since the weather is heating up I kind of feel like I don't want anything visually heavy in there. I love how the burlap still lets light filter in the window while providing much needed privacy. I might decide to make a toile set for winter some year. We'll have to see. But, for now, I'm digging the burlap. It let's my "hymnal" wallpaper be the star. (I'll post more on that later.) I still need to paint out the wood surfaces. Once they are white like the rest of the woodwork in there it will be perfect (for me).
So, did you join the party? Would you like to see what other creative ways people used burlap? Then follow me on over to Southern Hospitality and let's see if we just can't get some more organic inspiration for this awesome fabric!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
If you're in the mood for some great decorating/DIY inspiration then check out Kimba's blog, A Soft Place To Land. You won't be disappointed!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
My baby, my one and only son that I love, is growing up - WAY TOO FAST. He mowed the lawn today - all by himself for the first time. MW let Little Britches help him some with it last year, but he had to walk right with him because he still couldn't handle the mower up an incline by himself. That's not a problem this year. You should have seen the smile Little Britches wore while he was man-handling that mowing machine. There was such a sense of pride and accomplishment on his face.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I wanted to make some throw pillows for the couch in the same toile fabric that my living room curtains and kitchen shades are made out of. So, I bought this beautiful silk cording to pipe them with. I measured and then added extra "just because". Just because I'm still a sewing newbie and didn't want to take any chances. I realized once I got making the first pillow that my gorgeous piping was a pain in the patootie to work with because once you cut the stuff it wanted to untwist itself about an inch at each end. Thank God, I figured out how to make it work and the pillow was finished beautifully. Well, at least by my 'not shooting for perfection' standard, anyhow.
On to pillow #2. Yay! Or so I thought. Evidently, when you sew cording on a pillow it scrunches itself up and you use more than you apparently measured for. "How do you know this, Pam?" I'm glad you asked. Take a look.
AAAAAAAHHHHHH! I scream. Yes, this would happen to me. Thank God I married a man who likes to come up with solutions to problems, because I sure as heck didn't want to take my stitch ripper and begin the extremely tedious job of taking all of that
On to plan #2. The gingham really needed something. I didn't bother to even make cording for these pillows because they were going to be a really quick project. Yeah, right. I found a lady bug stamp in my stash and some red fabric paint. Maybe a little red lady bug in the corner?
Maybe not. It kind of got lost in all the gingham.
or the chairs. What do you think?
Now, I'm ready to start on my project for the burlap party.
Have a great "Hump Day"!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I am still deciding where it's permanent home will be. I think it will end up in my bedroom, though.
So, Nester, (in case there is some chance that you would read this) thank you for a great give away. I love my new platter.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Check out the swarming crowd. I jest, people. I jest.
Little Britches rode his first roller coaster. Yes, at the zoo.
He got to pet some sharks. We're not talkin' Jaws here y'all. What kind of a mother do you think I am?
We saw lions. And tigers. And bears. Oh, my!
Once we had explored everything there was to see at the zoo, we headed next door to White River Gardens. It was absolutely beautiful - and most of it wasn't even in bloom, yet! There are many different types of gardens there from the formal English garden to shade gardens, water gardens...There is even a Wedding Garden where people can get married or renew their vows. I would love to go back this summer when it is in full bloom.
This trip to the Indianapolis Zoo was much, much better than the last time when we went to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida and I was attacked by a Satanic bird. Thank God! No drama is just fine with me! All in all, I had a magnificent Mother's Day weekend. I hope you did, too.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
This is the woman responsible for making the man who is responsible for making me a mother. I'm very blessed to have her in my life. I hear horror stories about mothers-in-law. When I married my husband, I got a second Mom. This one's for you, Mom #2.
Some mother-in-laws are possessive;
Their child they still want to own.
My mother-in-law’s love is like sunlight;
On both of us it shone.
Some mother-in-laws put you down;
They think you’re not good enough.
My mother-in-law shows approval,
Affection, and other good stuff.
Some mother-in-laws interfere;
They think that they know best.
My mother-in-law lets us be;
She’s better than the rest.
And so I just want to thank you
For being who you are;
You’ve made everything so easy;
As a mother-in-law, you’re a star!
By Joanna Fuchs
This is the woman responsible for making me. I wouldn't even be here without her. Although, she did have a little help from Dad. There were always lots of giggles in our house growing up. Lots of estrogen with Mom, me and my sister. Even the dog was a female. I remember times that the three of us would be tickled about something and laughing so hard that Dad would come in from the garage with a confused look on his face wanting to know "What in the world was going on?". He usually left with the same confused look. I also remember times at the dinner table when Mom would say something silly, causing me to spew Pepsi out my nose. Don't try that at home - it's not good for the sinuses. If you really must flush your sinuses, use a netti pot instead. I'm just sayin'. We still have lots of giggles when we're all together, which isn't as much as used to be since I up and left the state and all. Thanks, Mom, for all the laughs.
This is the woman responsible for making the woman who is responsible for making me. I suppose that I wouldn't be here without her either. Although, she did have a little help from Papaw. Granny had a remedy for everything in life that ailed you. It usually consisted of black salve or peppermints. Although I was raised in Michigan, my family's blood is firmly rooted in the south. Because of this, Granny had some great one-liners. "Why, he's as brazen as a brass monkey!" Don't even ask what it meant. "Once the pie's been sliced - ain't nobody gonna miss a piece." We took her to the pharmacy to pick up her "subscriptions".
I love this picture of Granny and my son. It was the last time she saw him before she died. Can't you just see her drinking him in? As a woman who lived through the Great Depression, a miscarriage, the still-birth of her twin daughters and the death of one of her twin sons, she had an understanding of what the important things in life are. I often find myself wishing that I would have been able to know her more as an adult. You think about things when you have a family that never cross your mind before that.
BEING A MOM
The house is untidy from window to door,
The washing's unwashed and the dishes are too,
There are toys in the passage and under our feet.
So what have I done, then to earn my repose?
I've held a small hand as her first steps she took.
I've made animal noises as we read a book.
I've built a mud pie and admired a snail.
I've rescued the cat from a grip on her tail.
I've wiped away tears, and I've listened to tales.
I've used mediation to get smiles from wails.
So I guess what I've done isn't easy to see -
It won't clean the house and it won't cook the tea.
But if I have helped make a child feel good,
~~ Author Unknown ~~
Happy Mother's Day!